The Busy Society
Results were recently release from a survey entitled “The Obstacles to Growth” conducted on 20,000 people mostly from North America. Dr. Michael Zigarelli, associate professor of Management at the Charleston Southern University School of Business headed up the study and gave this report to Christian Post.
While the study does not explain why Christians are so busy and distracted, Zigarelli described the problem among Christians as “a vicious cycle” prompted by cultural conformity.
“[I]t may be the case that (1) Christians are assimilating to a culture of busyness, hurry and overload, which leads to (2) God becoming more marginalized in Christians’ lives, which leads to (3) a deteriorating relationship with God, which leads to (4) Christians becoming even more vulnerable to adopting secular assumptions about how to live, which leads to (5) more conformity to a culture of busyness, hurry and overload. And then the cycle begins again.”
Zigarelli, who believes busyness and distraction may be a global pandemic, suggested breaking the cycle by “re-ordering our thinking,” including “the way we think about who God is and how He wants us to live our lives.”